Robotics at home timeline

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November 9, 2012


The robotics industry is still in its infancy. Remember where personal computers were in 1980? Like that.

Peter Singer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution focusing on robotics and the defense industry. He says robots are around us more than we think - in things like automated manufacturing, or cars that parallel park themselves.

SINGER <These are all robotic things; we just don't like to call it robots. Which is much the same - you know, I drive a car that has a hundred computers in it. I don't call it a computerized car. That's when you know it's really made it. When they're around you and you don't even notice anymore.>

Singer says we're only just starting to get to that point with robots, and the time they'll be as commonplace as your computer is still decades away.

Cost and legal issues could both factor into the timeline. But Singer says he can't put his finger on any one particular hurdle.